5:50pm: The fracture is in Sefolosha’s fibula, not his tibia, as Vivlamore writes.
5:37pm: Sefolosha also suffered ligament damage in his leg and will require surgery, Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (Twitter link).
3:31pm: Charania has amended his earlier report regarding Sefolosha’s injuries (Twitter link). The veteran has a fractured tibia in his leg, and an MRI is being performed to check for further damage, Charania relays. He’s still expected to miss the rest of 2014/15.
3:11pm: Hawks swingman Thabo Sefolosha has been diagnosed with a broken ankle and will be lost for the remainder of the season and playoffs, Shams Charania of RealGM.com reports (Twitter link). The 30-year-old sustained the injury during the nightclub incident that saw Pacers forward Chris Copeland stabbed, and teammate Pero Antic also sustain minor injuries. Both Sefolosha and Antic were arrested and charged with obstructing governmental administration, among other charges, as they allegedly refused to move when police were setting up a crime scene.
This news certainly comes as a blow to Atlanta. The team has clinched the No. 1 overall playoff seed in the Eastern Conference, thanks in large part to its excellent depth. The Hawks currently have 15 players on their roster, which means a player would have to be released in order for the team to add some depth to replace the loss of Sefolosha.
Sefolosha was acquired by the team last July in a sign-and-trade agreement with the Thunder. In 52 appearances this season for the Hawks Sefolosha averaged 5.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 18.8 minutes per contest. His career averages are 5.8 PPG, 3.8 PPG, and 1.5 APG. Sefolosha’s career slash line is .440/.346/.749.